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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The 10 most annoying phrases in the English language

According to Oxford University, they are:

1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science


Rick said...

I'd like to add, "In any event" blah blah blah.

Anonymous said...

I am amazed at the number of educated people who say that something is fairly unique or very unique.

Eric said...

Some of my pet peeves that didn't make the top 10:



"moving forward", as in "The President will look at all options moving forward"

and some election specials: "working families",
"Main Street vs Wall Street" (or it's Canadian variant Bay Street) and "Board room table vs kitchen table"

Anonymous said...

The science is in or the science is beyond doubt


must of

doug newton

x2para said...

the new number one should be "hope & change" uggh!